Having recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its iconic compilation series, 'The Annual', with the release of a special edition on November 29th, Ministry of Sound has now unveiled a short documentary looking back over the series and club's history.
Ministry of Sound will mark the 25th anniversary of its legendary compilation series, 'The Annual', with a special edition release later this month.
DJ Fresh still vividly remembers where he was the moment he knew his health was in trouble. “I was sitting in traffic on the Hammersmith flyover, driving home from the airport after a weekend of gigs,” he says. “I woke up on the bridge — I’d just passed out at the wheel. When I came round, my first thought was relief that I hadn’t driven over the side. Then there were sirens, and the police turned up. Luckily, somehow, and I don’t remember how, I’d broken my clutch.
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He relocated to a small village on the edge of Oxford, and set up a studio in his new house with a view to moving into producing other acts, the kind of space where artists could stay for a few days and really throw themselves into making music. Setting up a ‘production camp’, as he calls it, took off immediately.
Point Blank London were joined by rave legend, DJ Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, to discuss his fascinating life in the music industry and how to survive as a DJ. If you’re just starting out your career as a DJ and need the best in tips, tricks and industry insights, they can help.
Harriet Jaxxon epitomises the dream of the self-made DJ. Born and raised in the small Kentish town of Whitstable, when she was just a child her jungle-loving father’s record collection led her to the sounds of DJ Ron’s ‘African Charm’ and Roni Size’s ‘Sound Advice’. “Those two tracks are the ones that for me stick out as two jungle tracks that I discovered before I knew what jungle was,” she tells DJ Mag.
Ministry of Sound have confirmed details of a special series of events to round off the year.
The run of nights will take place under banner of World Leaders in Dance Music and will see the likes of Paul van Dyk, Deadmau5, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Joey Negro and Kenny Dope play the club, amongst many others.
Friday nights will be devoted to The Gallery with big names such as Paul van Dyk, Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, and Benny Benassi all being called upon to help the party round off its ’10 years in SE1’ celebrations.
The lower floor of Kerri Chandler’s house looks like the backstage production labyrinth of a massive arena. Hallway after hallway, shelf after shelf, room after room, there are stacks of music gear, flight cases, records, records and then some more records. Plus 36 sets of turntables, a drum machine closet and enough technology to fulfill any audiophile’s dreams. He has a live recording room and another room for programming, set up with numerous screens like a multiplex theatre.
“What happened was,” says Chandler, who begins all his stories and/or explanations with these three words. “What happened was, I was a studio engineer before I ever started making records. Early on, I found out a lot of gear wasn’t doing certain things I wanted it to do,” Chandler explains to DJ Mag how “Chandlerizing” became a thing.
On it are sounds from Earth: nature, animals, music from across the globe, and a variety of languages.
“I was thinking maybe we should put something positive into space,” says Chandler, fondling the cherished Golden Record replica. “Music is always universal. What we do always seems to unite people. I met someone who works with Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence and we found a planet to send audio signals to. We got sponsorship and now there are a few DJs with 8-bit clips ready to send out to that galaxy to hit that planet.”
At the same time, Chandler is working on the third volume of ‘A Basement, A Red Light, And A Feelin’’, the Madhouse compilation series whose first volume was released in 1992, the second 10 years later in 2002. A third one would be another marker for the quarter century landmark. Much more recently Chandler launched his MadTech label in 2012 and even more recently than that, Kaoz Theory, named after his oft-used nickname “Kaoz”, in 2015.
Classic rave flyers and club artwork are celebrated in a new book, 'Clubbed: A Visual History of UK Club Culture', which has been published thanks to a Kickstarter campaign.
The coffee table must-have honours the finest graphic design from the last 35 years of British clubland, and has been compiled by award-winning Manchester designer Rick Banks. It was officially launched in the city on Wednesday 16th May at an event run in association with the School of Electronic Music and hosted by FLOOR.
Paul van Dyk has shared a classic 1999 trance Essential Mix, recorded at the legendary and sorely-missed London venue, Turnmills, during one of The Gallery's events, ahead of his next date for the party, at Ministry of Sound on 16th March.
The trance hero has offered out the archived one-hour selection via Facebook. Those old enough to remember the pre-millennium years will feel plenty of nostalgic prangs, while those who aren't will likely still recognise many of the anthems included in the set.
Ministry of Sound has revealed the line-up for He.She.They, a new party that puts its focus on inclusivity and individuality.
The event, run in partnership with fellow London promoters LWE, aims to tackle prejudices and issues that still exist in the club music world today by providing an atmosphere that champions diversity in terms of race, gender, sexuality, religion and social background.